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Criterion Referenced Test Development: Technical and Legal Guidelines for Corporate Training Hardcover – 9 Oct 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (9 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787988502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787988500
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,930,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the third edition of the classic and comprehensive reference guide to the theory and practice of competency testing in organizations and professions. Criterion–Referenced Test Development has been thoroughly revised and updated to address the most recent issues in certification and qualification testing. Criterion–Referenced Test Development is designed specifically for training professionals who need to better understand how to develop criterion–referenced tests (CRTs). This important resource offers step–by–step guidance for how to make and defend Level 2 testing decisions, how to write test questions and performance scales that match jobs, and how to show that those certified as "masters" are truly masters. A comprehensive guide to the development and use of CRTs, the book provides information about a variety of topics, including different methods of test interpretations, test construction, item formats, test scoring, reliability and validation methods, test administration, and score reporting, as well as the legal and liability issues surrounding testing. New revisions include: Illustrative real–world examples Issues of test security Advice on the use of test creation software Expanded sections on performance testing Single administration techniques for calculating reliability Updated legal and compliance guidelines The authors have created a very accessible guide with information that is easily grasped and implemented. In addition, the book is filled with relevant exercises that require active responses and reinforce mastery of the principles and procedures.

About the Author

Sharon Shrock is professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she coordinates graduate programs in ID/IT. She is the former co–director of the Hewlett–Packard World Wide?Test Development Center. She is a past president of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology′s Division of Instructional Development and has served on the editorial boards of most of the major academic journals in the instructional design field. Bill Coscarelli is professor in the Instructional Design specialization at Southern Illinois University Carbondale′s department of Curriculum & Instruction and the former co–director of the Hewlett–Packard World Wide?Test Development Center. Bill has been elected as president of the International Society for Performance Improvement and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology′s Division for Instructional Development. He was the founding editor of Performance Improvement Quarterly and ISPI′s first vice–president of Publications.

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Format: Hardcover
This text is an excellent 'primer' for anyone setting up an MCQ test or exam process within a 'criterion referenced' professional environment. It presents a comprehensive model of what 'needs to be done' together with the underlying educational theory, which I have found invaluable. The practical focus is excellent. The book makes no attempt to hide behind statistical methods. My only negative comments would be that the 'legal issues' section at the end is wholly US focused, so of little use outside that jurisdiction, and the discussion on the statistics of item analysis is basic, and not easily followed unless you already have a stats background.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x981ad558) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x984a6abc) out of 5 stars A Must Have for Anyone Who Measures Training Effectiveness! 13 July 2006
By D. LaMay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Do you conduct training in the workplace? Do you measure the training's effectiveness using testing? Do you design certication exams? If so, this is the book for you!

Criterion-Referenced Tests (CRTs), unlike the similarly complicated sounding Norm-Referenced Tests (NRTs), are used to measure individual competencies in skills or knowledge objectives. That is, they're used to determine whether a person "makes the cut" or doesn't. Individual's are not ranked against each other in a CRT exam, and there is no limit to the number of individuals who can succeed or fail. This type of exam is particularly well-suited to measure the learning (at Kirkpatrick's Level II) that took place during training.

All of this is eplored in a straightfoward manner as you are stepped through the entire process of designing competancy exams, including the statistics you need with plenty of examples.

We used to pay lip-service to seeing what our trainees had learned in our professional classes - now we quantify it precisely using this text.
HASH(0x984a6b1c) out of 5 stars The Authority on CRTD in the Workplace... 21 Feb. 2015
By Oscar the Grouch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This text serves as the authority on CRTD at the work place and rightly so. As a professional educator, I would suggest every [US] corporate education or HR learning & development departments should follow the guidelines outlined by Shrock & Coscarelli. I've met the authors attending their 2-day workshop and Sharon and Bill are genuine persons and passionate about their work. This high level of dedication is reflected in the text content... it's comprehensive, well-written, and easy to follow.

~ Brian Donahower, MSEd.
HASH(0x984a6f54) out of 5 stars Great Book 25 Mar. 2015
By BigDrM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book. When I developed the LMS system for my company along with the 400 CBTs this book came in handy. If your going to be doing anything like that then this is a must for writing tests correctly and I've been doing it for almost 35 years.
HASH(0x984a6f3c) out of 5 stars Excellent book, easy to understand and very applicable 11 Feb. 2016
By Machiposa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book, easy to understand and with very applicable information to create good quality criterion-referenced evaluations. I totally recommend it.
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